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Old Patzcar with prominent forehead


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The following item belongs to the range of “Antique and Rare Items of the Casa de Artes’ Treasures Series”. The Patzcar Dance is a very good example of the Indigenous view about the European colonization and the Western Culture. The plot of the ceremony is the life at a ranch and the cowboys that work at the ranch are played by Indigenous people. The Patzcar has a wife or daughter, the “Patzcarina”; the cowboys will fight each other with whips (for real) to earn the love of the Patzcarina. The winner will take her away, fooling the boss. All the Patzcar Masks have white skin, moustaches, chin beard and some even have sunburned cheeks (red dots on cheeks and nose), indicating the European roots. Notice the thick curly carved black painted eyebrows and stylish black painted eyelashes and moustaches giving the character an elegant look. The piece has bigger than normal forehead. Notice the layers of paint and patina on its back side, a sign of the many times it has been used. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping

Age: Approximately carved in the 1920’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Nahualá, Sololá
Materials: Wood
Use: Patzcar Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 3” x 5” x 5”
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